Everton midfielder Darron Gibson is hoping to prove his fitness in order to feature in Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against Chelsea at Goodison Park.
Gibson - eligible after his red card in last week's win at West Ham was overturned - was withdrawn at half-time against Wigan on Boxing Day with a thigh strain.
Right-back Seamus Coleman could return after a knock but midfielder Marouane Fellaini completes a three-match ban and defender Tony Hibbert (hamstring) and striker Kevin Mirallas (calf) are out.
Ramires is expected to return to the Chelsea squad for Sunday's Barclays Premier League game at Everton.
The Brazilian midfielder missed the Boxing Day win at Norwich with a slight knee injury and interim manager Rafael Benitez was confident he would be fit for the trip to Goodison Park.
Sunday's game is set to come too soon for defender John Terry (knee), while striker Daniel Sturridge could be omitted from the squad again ahead of his proposed move to Liverpool.
Everton: Howard, Mucha, Neville, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Jelavic, Heitinga, Hitzlsperger, Oviedo, Barkley, Vellios, Gueye, Duffy, Anichebe.
Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Moses, Marin, Piazon, Torres, Turnbull.